I stayed here on a business trip and would have stayed longer but the hotel was full. I think its used a lot for business and tourists so it stays busy. It is very near the train station but they don't really give you directions so I had to ask someone..if you leave the train station, turn right and then bear right next to the arches of the church...that will take you to the SMN piazza..if you turn right but bear left, you will miss it. Anyway, this is a nice hotel..the furnishings were styled as "distressed" but functional. Bed was comfortable. Wifi was free and adequate (some difficulties with streaming like for Skyping but very good for email/ surfing etc). I really enjoyed the restaurant. It had one of the best service that I have experienced in Italy...very attentive and includes a free glass of champagne..a nice way to start dinner. The food was excellent too so I felt no need to have to roam around the city looking for someplace to eat. There is a lovely rooftop pool- I was brave enough to swim in but it is not heated!! The view is spectacular, just like you see on the website.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Hotel Minerva, renovated in 2015, is a 4-star superior hotel in the heart of Florence's historic center in its illustrious Piazza Santa Maria Novella, which is close to the main railway station. Florence's key tourist attractions are all just five or ten minutes' walk from us as well as the Congress and Fair Center. The hotel boasts 102 rooms, suites and family solutions and a breathtaking rooftop terrace (open all year round) with an open-air swimming pool (open from May to September). It also offers a restaurant with its "al fresco" extension on the Piazza and five meeting rooms with day light. High speed wi-fi is free in all common areas and rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Florence